Ghosts of the Romans | Bratislava, Slovakia

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Bratislava Castle with a Roman Statue on the Gate in Front. HDR effect gives a feeling of a haunted castle in Slovakia, guarded by the soldiers at night.

It was around the time when Jesus Christ was born when the Romans first settled in the area around what is called today Bratislava. There they built a military camp of strategic importance to secure the trade routes. But why do you find statues of speared roman soldiers on the gates to the Bratislava Castle?

I searched for information on side, I rummaged around the internet – but I didn’t find any information regarding those statues. Why are they there? Maybe some of my Slovakian readers can help me?

On the evening when I took the photo, the Bratislava Castle seemed to me almost like a haunted castle. Who knows, maybe those statues should simply act fear-inducing and keep out evil spirits?

Technical Details

Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm @ 10mm
ISO: 100
Exposures: 2×7 in 1 EV steps
Aperture: 11
Exposure time (middle): 1s
Tripod: Manfrotto 190CXPRO4
Size: 12 MPx
Date: Taken in December 2013

Location: Southern Side of the Bratislava Castle

Software: Lightroom 5.2, Photoshop CS6, Photomatix Pro

Workflow: To have the statue as well as the castle sharp, I took two separate brackets with each 7 exposures. The image therefore is based on 14 photos in total.

Both exposure brackets I post-processed in Lightroom and Photomatix with the same settings and blended them together later on in Photoshop. That way I could get both the foreground and the background sharp.

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